- 1:51 pm - Thu, Jan 9, 2014
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Winter Break Comics #8: Yes/No
I was hesitant to put this up at first because it’s so personal, but given that I did not report things, I figured that this was one way to give a voice to those who have experienced sexual assault (or whatever terminology you want to use) in their lifetime.
The interesting thing is that the majority of sexual assaults occur with someone that the person knows prior. It’s common, particularly in these situations, to feel a lot of guilt over one’s actions. Victims often report that they wish they could’ve done something “different” or that they welcomed it in some way.
Regardless of what you were doing before, be it drinking at the bar or hooking up with someone, you have the right to say NO at any point and have that respected. If that NO is not respected, it is non-consensual, and that is sexual assault.
I work at a college and know that this is a huge problem on campuses right now. As a health educator I’ve always been cognizant of the problem, but now that it has happened to me, I understand the difficult position it puts victims in. Do you report? How can you “prove” it happened when the situation gets complicated by things like alcohol? And what are the repercussions if you know the person and may even be connected to them professionally or socially?
It’s a hard road, but know that there are resources out there. One of the best ones I’ve found is this: http://www.rainn.org/
I hope that this can help victims and bystanders in some way.